Case 75

Graeme Thorne

*** Content Warning: child victim ***

On June 1 1960, Sydney resident Bazil Thorne received a phone call informing that he’d just won one hundred thousand pounds in a Sydney Opera House Lottery. Bazil couldn’t believe his ears – he’d never won anything of significance before. 

As news of Bazil’s big win was broadcast throughout the city, he thought his family’s life was about to change for the better. He was wrong. 



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Kidnapped – by Mark Tedeschi



Selection of historical newspaper articles from:

The Sydney Morning Herald: 1960–1961

The Age: 1960–1961


More recent articles

The Kidnapping and Murder of Graeme Thorne – APJ

Inside the story of Australia’s first kidnap of a child for ransom – Daily Telegraph

The kidnapping that shocked a nation – Sydney Morning Herald

The abduction and murder of eight-year-old Graeme Thorne – Herald Sun

The End Of Innocence: The 1960s Crime That Changed The Lives of Aussie Kids – Huffington Post



Sydney Opera House Facts

Sydney Opera House History

Year Book Australia, 1960

Chapter XII – Labour, Wages and Prices

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